In this post I address one of the major concerns that will be facing people during and following a societal breakdown, especially relevant for Christians who expect to be unable to trade because of the Mark of The Beast, but also those who can see the writing on the wall for the financial status quo. The key point is that it is Traders (those who know how to wheel & deal) that have the keys for survival, and even to thrive in the tough times ahead. It’s a vitally important subject and I give examples from my own life in third world Samoa.
The crescendo of doom and gloom merchants has increased in the five years I’ve been ‘hiding’ in Samoa. More and more, people are saying to me, “Dennis, it’s getting bad out here!” There is a deep knowledge that there is something very, very wrong with the financial systems, spiraling debt, a devaluing USD, the BRIC, pumped bonds/stocks and bail-outs, bail-ins, printing of money and widespread deception.
There is also in Christian circles a strong teaching followed by many that we are entering into End Times, a period in which it is variously expected that Armageddon/World War III will hasten the return of Christ and that we will will variously be beamed outta the planet into something bigger brighter and better. Many Christians expect the Mark of the Beast to be a computerised RFID chip that will prevent them being able to buy and sell*.
We don’t need another doom and gloom merchant. We need some practical advice and wisdom for moving forward through the challenges we all face. I offer here more advice along what I believe is godly lines; common sense based on a good understanding of the nature and heart of God, free also from what I am seeing more and more is the curse of denominational influence.
Times of Distress NOT End of Time
For the record, it is my belief that financial affairs are totally manipulated at a global level; that the USD will continue to be propped up, defended and manipulated a lot longer than many people currently think and that the concept of End Times in the next decade or two is a total nonsense, based on popular but misguided interpretation of Jesus’ words in Matthew 24, where His two answers to two questions is mistakenly taken for one answer.
As I see things, the Times of Distress at the end of the Times of the Gentiles ushers in an extended period following collapse in trust in the geo-political systems that are so clearly corrupted and corrupting. I see no reason why the words that God spoke talking of a thousands generations are not perfectly literal and I in no-way-shape-or-form consider the current church of Christ anywhere near being a bride perfected for His return! Despite doom-and-gloom merchants talking of pollution and poisoning that will destroy planet earth, I see a world around me that has inherent macro & micro health-inducing and repair systems quite capable of sustaining life for a very long time IF people would stop messing with it all and setting out to destroy and pillage it!
However, that said, there are definitely, clearly times of challenge ahead. Financial meltdowns can be and will likely be engineered to consolidate wealth and power. This is the over-arching principle of Usury-based monetary systems. Commonly described as the righ getting richer and the poor poorer, it is the tools of Interest-bearing debt that enslave those who charge it.
1. Escape All Debt – Now
The first step then is to escape debt. Totally.
For years now I have been telling my friends, “Cash up and get out of debt – REGARDLESS of the human, social or other cost to do so”. This is a binary situation and can’t be fuzzied. “Oh but we only have x years before our mortgage is paid off!” does not change the facts that today, you are in debt, with a highly probable tightening of all lending and probable turmoil that will cause you to lose even what you have.
In days of free and easy money a house and mortgage made sense on the surface. Success could be measured by our capacity to obtain credit. Success followed those who obtained capital but in a world of foreclosures and tight monetary supply, this all changes. It is those who do NOT have access to credit who are the ones able to survive.
The bottom line is that borrowing can never get us out of debt. We need to pay it off, sell it off and get rid of debt – all of it.
2. Do The Needful
The vast majority of people do not act on the wisdom they receive.
Jesus made mention of this quirk of human nature many times – turning away from the plough, giving up all to follow Him; harder is it for a rich man and so on.
Over the last year or so I have been watching several people struggle with immigration to Samoa. Some people have been talking to me animatedly and intending to relocate to get away from what they perceive as a Police State in the USA.
Of course I approve of their intent and will help them when they eventually decide to make the move but I compare their to-ing and fro-ing with my decision to emmigrate and there is no comparison. I heard the call, responded immediately, sold up and came.
I did the needful. Most don’t.
I have another friend who has that house almost paid off, and the empty nest around the corner. He will be in an oversized home, his wife working to support him and pay the mortgage (he had a career crisis a few years ago and is at a loose end, and all for what?”
The family home has cost him 2.5x what it was worth and he has been tied to a house that he still doesn’t own; doesn’t meet his current or future needs and he’s stuck to it, so much that his wife has to work fulltime just to meet the monthly commitments. Should she lose her job; or if things get tighter and foreclosure beckons or if health issues raise their ugly head or there is a downturn in the property markets and they cannot sell even if they want to, he will have serious problems with his house as a liability not an asset.
3. Step Up to The Mark
Judging from annecdotal evidence I would say that there is not a person on the planet whom the Lord hasn’t spoken to; perhaps a nudge from the Holy Spirit sometime, somewhere about some THING and many miss opportunity because they don’t recognise it, see it or step up to the mark.
I watch people around me all the time and you just get the feeling that 99% of people know what to do, but they never step up to the mark. It’s too tough to say that everyone has a conscience over it but it is not uncommon that when I talk in depth with someone for any length of time that God seems to have a plan and a purpose for them. They seem to instinctively know this too, although their knowledge is manifested in different ways, but the though is there nonetheless.
It seems that while DOing the needful (such as getting out of debt) is one form of hindrance to freedom, there is another step that we need to take and that is to actually step up to the plate, bat in hand and be ready to play ball with the Creator.
I’ve talked about this previously in regards to what I call the Samoan Solution. which is of course quite self-centric, for that is where I live and what I see, but the principle remains that each of us has a unique gifting/calling/role in life that we need to actually grasp with both hands. As the pressure comes on in financial and spiritual sense it becomes a lot more important to know who we are and specifically how God wants to use us.
4. Help, Live For & Invest Into Others
People find it extraordinarily hard to see past the physical. A physical car or house seems so real, yet it can be gone in an instant. Our investments into church buildings and church organisations too may seem wise at the time, yet in a situation where church leadership is either corrupted or used of the Lord less and less (both appear to be occurring as I look on) then that too, what is often erroneously called “giving to God”, will be quite worthless.
There are however people and places and opportunities around us that can return something far more worthy than gold in the future. I’m not talking about ‘Karma’, or ‘What goes around comes around’, I’m talking about real investment of time and money into people and places that can produce a return FOR US in the future.
In Samoa, the people invest into their family. It is a social norm that the children will go to work for and support their aging parents. While I have grave misgivings over the extent of power that the elderly have on their offspring (even after death) and their frequent misguided attribution of this trait to God’s word to honour our parents, that investment in social capital is an excellent form of ROI. Rare is it that an aging Samoan has unmet needs.
Jesus taught us to bless, give and to lend freely, but He also never precluded us from doing business. Investing into relationships that will return something in the future is wise. Spreading risk in an investment portfolio is the worldly financial equivalent.
Simon Black established Sovereign Man and has been preaching the message consistently for ages that one should divest of investments in the sinking ship of the USD dominated culture. He has a well developed programme and message to help people from the States get their worldly wealth out while they can. His offerings and thinking is sound – invest offshore while you can.
I too can see ways that people can invest offshore into people and systems that have a dual social and financial benefit. One of them is cattle. Samoa has two things available in abundance – land and labour. The land is not so much large tracts of thousands of acres, more smaller 5,10,20 acre blocks in family title however there is little capital or willpower to develop. A small investment today in fencing and a trickle of weekly maintenance can have a family producing organic beef AND an investment for the future.
Any people of any nation or culture can offer the same sort of thing, an ROI in terms of social and financial benefit – but you have to be creative and look for it, rather than just going with the flow and investing to make money off other peoples’ losses. Exchanging a debt-laden existence and reliance on cash with a debt-free lifestyle in which one has a lifetime’s supply of organic meat may appear unrealistic to some but in a time of crisis and food is at a premium, this could be one of the smartest investment decisions ever made.
Even just for example befriending a cabbage farmer on the outskirts of a city by helping his daughter get work experience in your business for a year or two could become a real asset in the event of wholesale food shortages.
The subtle changes needed are that:
- We start to live for, think about and help others more than ourselves
- We deliberately invest into things and places that have the potential to return what we may value more in the future
5. Traders Rule! Learn to Trade
Lastly it is the traders who will rule . . . these are the people who are active in making things happen.
Sales people have always been the drivers of commerce. There will be no difference in times of increased financial stress. The ability to take one product or service from one person or company or country and make it attractive to another person will become crucial in depressed times. The more that individuals learn to do this; the more that they practice being creative; the more that they come to enjoy the freedom that being a natural trader naturally brings and the better that they can future-proof themselves and their families when times get tough.
What will you do, as an individual, to feed your family when you don’t have a job, have less and less money and simply can’t afford the food at the local shop?
The fear that grips us, particularly Christians, when we consider the probable Big Brother, NWO plans can cripple our ability to think rationally, positively and creatively. Millions of Christians are not going to just die overnight because they can’t buy food because they chose not to accept a widget that their governments complicit with big business require them to have in order to trade!
No, instead thought-leading prophets who can see ways to live in the world that increasingly hates them and is out to close down their faith, will help others of like-mind pull through. There are many ways to trade outside of the Beast of Revelation’s offerings. Increased taxation, inflation, regulation will be the norm, but so too will be those that find ways to eat, live, trade and enjoy life outside of the destructive social norms of the day.
Years ago someone once called me “the original horse-trader from hell”. While maybe a little bit of an exaggeration it does have a ring of truth to it in the sense that I know how to trade, and do trade well. Since I’ve been in Samoa I’ve traded a hell of a lot less than when I lived in the West, but knowing how to trade; knowing the principles of trade and having proven to myself over many years that I can trade [anything/anywhere] I have an excellent background to know that even though I live in the bush, live a tight subsistence lifestyle and things are tough, there is ALWAYS hope and a potentially bright future.
One of my friends finally visited Camp Samoa after a few years prodding. I asked him what he thought later and he remarked, “I can see that you are a survivor!” Yes. That’s the thing . . . getting in there and mixing it with the best and the worst, with what you have (that’s the essence of trading) means that you are a survivor.
In any country where depressed economic situations affect the people badly (note more recently the Greek experiences, and Argentinians before that) people found ways to trade. No money? No problem! They simply got in there and found other ways to trade. Barter . . . cooperatives . . . alternative forms of money . . . extending credit amongst themselves . . . many other forms of payment and trading occurred.
The flip side to this capacity to think creatively, work hard and trade is the laziness, greed and arrogance that forces us into a zombie-like dream-world where money comes easily in the form of interest-laden debt, systems produce us wealth from those less fortunate (or ‘under’ us) for no or little meaningful effort and enslavement is often not even recognised.
6. Christians Take Responsibility
I turn now to speak specifically to those who profess faith in Christ – Christians.
Unfortunately from what I see, the vast majority of Christians are active and willing participants in the immoral and ungodly systems of ‘the world” particularly the financial system, where a cartel of privately owned banks working in tandem with complicit political leaders for the benefit of the few.
Christians who borrow at interest break the first laws of biblical economics and are blinded to the fact that while it is normal in this day and age, participating in the lending and/or borrowing of monies with interest attached is SIN, it is totally WRONG and it puts us into DIRECT enslavement. I’ve blogged about this before explaining money is not morally neutral when it is interest-bearing. This money is accursed.
They who do this especially need to wake up, repent and become the thought-leaders who apply what should be greater sensitivity to the immorality of modern financial systems. Obtaining profits from investments too that do not involve our direct labour input is also a form of greed and is classified theft in God’s eyes. Stocks, bonds, basic passive shareholding in corporates and even interest-bearing loans at a bank are all outside of the biblical mandate as clearly elucidated in the Torah.
I find it interesting that Jesus never really taught the basics of Kingdom living. He referred constantly to the heart of the people; the heart of God and the ways to bring the Kingdom of God into an individual’s life but He seemed to find it unnecessary to spell it all out. My take is that the people all KNEW the Law intimately back then and so He didn’t need to spell it all out. Nowadays though, the basis for a lot of His teaching has gone – we do not actually KNOW any longer the ways to live that the Lord prescribed for His people, thus it can become so very normal to have a mortgage, invest into a few shares here and there and to make good profits in a business, buying low and selling high.
This is not God’s plan for His people!
One of the things that I constantly remind myself is that the Lord is not in a hurry. I see people with evil intent desperate to gain control, to better themselves, to do what they can to usher in the NWO agenda and implement the globalisation agenda because of one panic or crisis situation after another. Yet on the other hand I see the incredibly wise, peaceful and knowing work of the Holy Spirit just working away as He so wills in individuals lives, bringing increased faith and understanding, when and where He wants it seemingly without a care in the world.
Christians will have no choice in the coming years ahead but to get with the programme as many of the systems they use without even thinking about will be denied them. That they can own a house the same as many others around them may be normal today, but this may not always be the case. That they can simply ‘go to work’ to produce the cash that they need to buy food could easily become the exception rather than the rule. A raft of other societal changes too, many that will be the direct result of persecution and oppression, will likely force Christians into the arms of a God who has been waiting for them to wake up and smell the roses!
I don’t want to be a scaremonger, Lord knows there are so many of them, but I do want to be around to help others who are being challenged in regards to their faith. When the SHTF and there appears nowhere to go, nothing that one can do, that all hell has seemed to break open against us, that’s the time that when we look up, reassess our values and we can start walking a lot closer with Him.
As Christians we have a greater responsibility to lead, to speak wisdom, to exercise our faith in a way that is intelligent, understood and can make a meaningful contribution to the good of mankind.
Sitting back in the same ‘happy-clappy’ church we went to as children singing, “Jesus loves me!” or “The King is a-coming!” doesn’t cut the mustard when there is no longer a ‘happy-clappy’ church and we have lost our job and about to lose our house and home and we have no Plan B nor any realistic preparation for such distress.
On the other hand being free from denominational influence; living in the main outside of the debt ensnarement and living daily in the freedom that God offers to empower and help others deal with their stress and readjustment – now that’s a little slice of wisdom that the world will increasingly need as it appears to self-destruct around us.
The core message of this post is that it is Traders who do the right thing (in a Christian sense being obedient to God’s rules for living) that will be the leaders and winners in tough times. All of us can take greater responsibility for our own welfare, right down to our food sources and independent income streams.
I’ve invested in my time to write this. Invest yours now to DO the right thing. Learning to do the right thing can start . . . RIGHT . . . NOW.
1. Escape All Debt – Now
2. Do The Needful
3. Step Up to The Mark
4. Help, Live For & Invest Into Others
5. Traders Rule! Learn to Trade
6. Christians Take Responsibility
* I don’t view the Mark of the Beast as so limited as simply a computer chip. I’d consider John’s vision a much broader view and that it is the democratic-geopolitical-financial-military-business Beast that is driven by Mammon. The RFID may be a part of that but in the context that John was speaking the entire Beast of Democracy, where political leaders enable the Money Power to ensnare and enslave mankind appears much more realistic. Reducing something of a spiritual nature to a mere physical chip also doesn’t make a lot of sense to me either. There’s a lot more to this topic but it’s not a major source of worry to me. My intent is to help identify the real problems and encourage solutions.